Threat Description



Aliases: Dropped, Dropped:generic, Dropped:trojan, Dropped:adware, Dropped: application
Category: Malware
Type: Other
Platform: W32


The file appears to be suspicious, is potentially undesirable, or may be structured in a way or has characteristics that resembles known malware. This may indicate the presence of a malware infection, or that the suspect file is malicious.


Automatic Disinfection

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Technical Details

A program that is identified by a detection using the format 'Dropped:[variant]' indicates that the program was identified by a Heuristic Detection of a file or program that appears to be designed to 'drop' or install a second file; the dropped file would have triggered a detection already available in our detection databases.

The detection name may also include information about the type of program being dropped, such as:

  • Dropped:Trojan -The file dropped shows trojan-like characteristics.
  • Dropped:Adware -The file dropped shows adware-like characteristics.
  • Dropped:Generic -The file dropped shows general malware-like characteristics.
  • Dropped:Application -The file dropped appears to be an application that may introduce security risks (Riskware).

About Heuristic Detections

Heuristic Analysis (also known as behavioral analysis) is an advanced type of antivirus technology that evaluates any potential threats by examining a suspected program's intended actions and effects on a computer system.

To examine a program's potential behavior, the antivirus program executes it in a self-contained, "virtual system" environment. This allows the antivirus program to evaluate how the program's behavior affects the virtual system, without compromising or endangering the user's actual system.

A program that appears to perform suspicious or potentially malicious actions will trigger a Heuristic Detection, such as the one above.


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